“They didn’t even begin to live” (Jewish kids of Rome killed by the Nazis)

I walked the Jewish Ghetto here in Rome the other day. I feel very much at home there. I saw the plaque above and remembered this video I made in Jerusalem…

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2 responses to ““They didn’t even begin to live” (Jewish kids of Rome killed by the Nazis)

  1. Nan

    It’s always sad when children die, especially when martyred for their faith by evil men.

  2. pelerin

    A simple plaque which says so much.

    I note that it was only put up in 2001. I have photographed similar plaques in Paris which also were only placed in the early years of this century.
    One in particular never fails to move me as I pass by:-
    ‘IN MEMORY OF THE PUPILS OF THIS SCHOOL DEPORTED FROM 1942 TO 1944 BECAUSE THEY WERE BORN JEWISH. INNOCENT VICTIMS OF NAZI CRUELTY AND OF THE VICHY GOVERNMENT. MORE THAN 1200 CHILDREN OF THE 11TH ARRONDISSEMENT (district) WERE EXTERMINATED IN THE DEATH CAMPS. NEVER FORGET THEM.
    (24 January 2004)

    Another only put up in 2005 states that more than 11000 Jewish children were deported from France to die in the death camps.

    Only last year I found the following in a Parisian park which stopped me in my tracks.
    ‘FROM 1941 to 1944 THE VICHY AUTHORITIES ON THE ORDERS OF THE NAZI OCCUPIERS STATED THAT ACCESS TO ALL PUBLIC PARKS WAS FORBIDDEN TO DOGS AND JEWS. MORE THAN 700 JEWISH CHILDREN WERE DEPORTED (from this district) OF WHOM 75 WERE BABIES THE YOUNGEST BEING ONLY 15 DAYS OLD. THESE CHILDREN NEVER HAD THE JOY OF PLAYING IN THE PARKS. ALL WERE TORN FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND DEPORTED TO LATER DIE IN THE EXTERMINATION CAMPS. NEVER FORGET THEM.’
    As a mother and grandmother I found this heartbreaking.

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